“The Tenhulzen Yard”

This year’s annual company photo is a compilation of individual head shots to replicate the 2005 remake of The Longest Yard. Dai Ross Photography directed our crew of favorite jerseys into various positions. Our 5th AVATAR (Annual Vendor And Trade Awards Recognition) and 2018 poster release will be “On Location” at JM Cellars in Woodinville. Previous AVATAR events were “In Theater” (2014), “On Stage” (2015), “In Studio” (2016), and “Backstage” (2017). Annual photos from previous years are linked from the…

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My Blue Heaven

This 1971 two-story home had limited storage, forcing the use of plastic bins for the additional items. A 4-foot expansion toward the back yard included a 26’ concealed beam supporting the upper floor. The terrazzo floor was too expensive to remove, impossible to match, and so the schematic layout went through several iterations to accommodate the decorative flooring.  A complimentary floor surface at the addition is delineated by a large island for culinary accouterments and…

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The Soffit Remains The Same

Custom building cabinetry to fit all of the customer wishes while making sure it all lines up under the existing soffit is no small task. This project was done with minimal drywall repair and without refinishing floors. 2-tone cabinetry and 2-tone backsplash set a neutral warmth for accenting accouterments. Custom storage allows for better access to kitchen wares by making the boxes built to 1/8″ increments instead of 3″ increments. Cabinetry was painted in place…

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A Periwinkle In Time

Sometimes all a master bath upgrade needs, is changing everything except the wall color. Recessed lighted mirrors and a cluster of pendants over new stained alder vanity with quartz countertop enhanced by faux marble tile. The barrier-free shower was enlarged to use the deck of the more comfortable tub as a foot rest.

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Sweat Equity

Not every addition is designed to sweat in. After considering a main floor addition for an exercise room, our customer came up with the idea of having it located over the existing game room below. This meant it would be accessible only by the master suite – which worked out well for the adjacent bathroom and steam shower. The design began with engineering the floor loads and designing the mechanical layout through the new structure. …

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Yoga Studio

A 1962 daylight rambler with a lower floor used only as storage was upgraded to a usable guest suite and yoga studio. Design details were to replicate the finishes of the upper level with bright and cheery tones. The project required replacement of much of the existing electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems to bring them up to code. Wood burning fireplace was converted to a gas insert and insulation added at the exterior walls for…

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Tres Chic Rambler

This project was very special in that it was a major remodel of the family home that this father-daughter duo spent her growing up years in, and by circumstances have been brought together again to share. They desired a kitchen that was incorporated with the rest of the home. The vision was to create a great room concept and integrate the adjacent rooms while increasing storage and comfort in the kitchen. Secondary goals included a…

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2017 SAFE Award

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is the national parent organization for the state Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) and local Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties (MBA-KS). Although it is nice to be recognized at our local and state levels for craftsmanship, we find that national recognition is a bit more competitive. Traci Tenhulzen manages our safety program, which is designed at its core to ensure that our field crew…

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Panelist: Past, Present and Future of Remodeling

The Remodelers Council at the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties meets monthly throughout the year to educate, network and inspire.  The January 2018 meeting was a panel of 5 owners who were asked to compare then to now and peer into what the future might hold. Dunn Lumber’s podcast of the event is an unedited audio recording of the presentation to a room of roughly 75 council members.  Michael Tenhulzen can be…

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AVATAR 2017

Our Annual Vendor And Trade Awards & Recognition event was hosted “back stage” at our office this year.  Nearly 30 attendees congratulated 7 award winners. Creative Solution Award: Becker’s Custom Cabinets for VedBrat vanity mirror Safety Award: CTD Excavating for trenching at Piscitelli Memorable Moment Award: Ryan McCurdy Reliable Service Award: Riley & Sons Drywall Customer Service Award: Kristi Smith, Seattle Lighting Vendor of the Year Award: Karen Williams, CFM Redmond Trade Contractor of the…

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